Target uses peanut oil

Posted on: Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:54pm
kricar's picture
Joined: 07/23/2013 - 09:10

Last week my 3 year old daughter who has a peanut allergy and I visited Target and as we were leaving she asked if I could buy her popcorn and I walked up to the counter and asked the woman working there is their popcorn was safe for my child who has a peanut allergy and she said yes and walked toward the popcorn machine. Another woman who worked there at Target heard our conversation and interrupted us and announced that all their food there was in contact with peanut oil if not made it with. This was a close call as far as I am concerned but what really concerns me is that the other employee had no idea she almost put my daughter’s life in jeopardy because she was unaware that peanut oil was in the popcorn. Another thing was that Target didn’t have anything posted that they use peanut oil. I sent an email to Target corporate office and have never received a response. I am deeply disappointed in an organization as large as this doesn’t look out for their customers safety.

Posted on: Sun, 09/28/2014 - 12:35am
DiagnoseTreatPeanut's picture
Joined: 12/05/2012 - 06:38

While only a few milligrams of peanut protein can cause a reaction, peanut oil is so highly refined that it contains almost peanut protein at all. Peanut oil is used by many fast food restaurants and should not be considered high risk.
Other environments where peanut contamination is common are ice cream shops, bakeries and Asian restaurants. Do not trust that your server or the chief knows anything about your food allergy risks. Typically if you declare a food allergy at a restaurant obvious bits are taken off the plate while it is on the serving line so the allergen is there but harder to detect.
Even being careful it is difficult to avoid accidental exposure and it happens to most peanut allergic kids in a typical year. For example peanut flour is used in confections such as to keep jelly beans from sticking. Who would have guessed?
Read labels and be sure that you carry epinephrine with you, particularly on outings. It is better to be prepared than be lucky.

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